Another day of
sitting here in my favorite spot…
watching the river flow.
Effortlessly pressing forward
despite the disturbance
less than two minutes ago
three water scooters racing
along its surface.
had the river not been disturbed by those scooters,
wouldn’t it now be calm? At peace?
Its movement imperceptible to my eyes?
Is what I perceive as a disturbance—
as a negative occurrence–
in truth–neither good nor bad—
as regards the life of the river?
The boys have had their fun
and the river, now adjusting to the “disturbance”
is slowly falling back into equilibrium…
into its natural rhythm.
The “disturbance” has not in the least
veered the river from its steady course or
made it different from what it is.
And so, I take a lesson this day from the river
and allow every person, event, experience, emotion and
to pass through me as easily
as those boys passed through the river below…
leaving it ultimately untouched, undisturbed
and pressing ever forward
in an unobstructed flow
towards its destiny.